Thursday, April 24, 2008

Interlude: Hostess "Recipes"

I often check out the recipes on the backs of food packaging. Sometimes they actually have good recipes (Toll House Cookies, right?), and other times, they're good for a giggle. I've also been known to browse manufacturer's websites for recipes (a bit hit-or-miss, but always interesting). So when a friend (thanks, E!) sent me some links to the Hostess site, showing various ways you can use Hostess Snack Cakes in dessert recipes, I had to go see what was up. And because I’m feeling inordinately snarkey, I decided to share them.

For starters, the site proclaims:

Hostess® snack cakes are great anytime treats, but few people know that they also make great desserts.

Leaving aside the stupidity of this statement (any product whose first four ingredients are sugar or sugar-derivatives isn’t something you’d automatically think of for dessert?), let’s take a look at some of the delightful…ah…recipes submitted by Hostess Snack Cake lovers.

We start off with perhaps a contradiction to my above statement. Who wouldn’t want some lovely Twinkie Sushi as a nice starter? Just a little something to whet the appetite, as it were. Bring on the wasabi!

Of course, Twinkie Toffee Treat is a taste sensation. Twinkies, pudding, whipped topping, and toffee bars—something for the whole family! It’s worth noting right now that pudding and whipped topping seem to feature prominently in several of these offerings. With this one, you get pudding, whipped topping, and alliteration, all in the same dessert!

And speaking of pudding and whipped topping, here they are again in a slightly different presentation, mixed with some pieces of Ding Dong to bring you: Ding Dong Mousse! Scatter with sprinkles for a festive "party" touch any night of the week.

Here’s the same dessert all over again, only this time they’re using the chocolate covered version of Ding Dongs, Ho Hos! Otherwise, this is exactly the same as Ding Dong Mousse, except you layer the ingredients instead of mixing them all together. Who says there’s nothing new under the sun? In this case, I do.

And I saved the best for last. All I can say is, now I know what we’re having for dessert on Christmas Eve!!

These people are actually serious about this. You can go check out the Hostess Recipes page and see more of this sort of thing, presented with a straight face (electronically speaking).

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